Light “Switch” to Turn Off Hunger

Light “Switch” to Turn Off Hunger

Scientists have discovered a “switch” in the brain to control hunger and promote feelings of satiety. The hypothalamus, which produces hormones and controls hunger among many other functions, expresses a receptor known as MC4R. MC4R then communicates with an area in the back of the brain to create a feeling of fullness. Scientists altered the […]

Serotonin-The Mind-Body Connection

Serotonin-The Mind-Body Connection

You may have heard of Serotonin in the context of depression. In fact, treatment with antidepressants balances out this neurotransmitter for many people. We think about serotonin as only a brain neurotransmitter, but recent research says that it also operates as a hormone and can be found in the intestines! That’s right. Researchers at Caltech […]

Pregnant? Don’t stress…

Pregnant? Don’t stress…

It may seem impossible- come on, is it really possible for an expecting mom to NOT have stress? But new research could give you another reason to stress… about being stressed! When levels of certain stress hormones were increased in pregnant mice, researchers found that while the mice ate more food, their bodies weren’t as […]